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January 19, 2012
Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Employees across the Department honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, saluting the civil rights legend during a lively ceremony at Department headquarters.

December 15, 2011
The Startup America Policy Challenge wants your ideas on how we can accelerate innovation in clean energy and position the United States to lead in this critical sector. | Photo Courtesy of JBEI.
Startup America Policy Challenge: Clean Energy

America’s entrepreneurs are on the front lines of the global clean energy race, and the Department of Energy and the Administration want to hear from you about the barriers that are standing in your way and what we can do to help remove them.

December 12, 2011
Secretary Chu speaks at the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall  on December 6, 2011. | Energy Department file photo.
Diversity Town Hall Draws a Crowd at the Energy Department

“For our own good, we want as wide of a talent pool as we can get,” Secretary Steven Chu said in his remarks to employees. “[Diversity] is a good thing and an important thing to do. It’s also the right thing to do.”

November 16, 2011
A display for Native American Heritage Month in the Forrestal headquarters lobby.
Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month at the Department of Energy

We celebrate Native American Heritage Month to honor Native Americans, their rich heritage, and their present accomplishments. Native Americans are innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders, and scholars, and our debt to them is immense.

August 24, 2011
Engaging Hispanic Leadership in the Federal Government

"Hispanics United in Strengthening  America," this year's theme for the National Organization for Mexican American Rights, Inc. (NOMAR) Training Conference, speaks to recruiting, training, and engaging a diverse workforce to accomplish our country's goals. 

July 29, 2011
Celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This day in history - in 1990 to be exact - the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This civil rights legislation helps ensure that all citizens, regardless of disability, have the same rights and privileges as all other Americans.

July 20, 2011
Our Commitment to Asian American and Pacific Islanders at the Department of Energy

Today we were honored to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) month, recognizing the significant contributions of AAPI individuals in securing our clean energy future, and the work yet to be done to improve the quality of life and opportunities for AAPIs. 

May 5, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary Chu Honor Employees for Public Service Recognition Week

First Lady Michelle Obama thanks employees in this video for Public Service Recognition Week.

March 30, 2011
Mentoring Our Future Generation of STEM Professionals

A program aimed at introducing the students to successful women in science and technology.

March 10, 2011
Morgan State alumnus and PNNL electrical engineer Jewel Adgerson | Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
From Gadgets to Labs: Morgan State Alum Jewel Adgerson

Jewel Adgerson is an electrical engineer at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Morgan State University alum. We got to talk with her about her work with the Department's Energy Innovation Hub and her passion for building up the next generation of scientists and engineers through STEM education.